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Old 03-27-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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Help with tank size

So I convinced my mom to let me get fish.( my sister says I am hustling her.) But I am having some bad luck. So I started of with a betta. I went to petco and my mom said we can just look. But as you know who can turn down the bright colors of a betta. So I bought a little half gallon tank. So I went home and did some research an figured out that they need at least a two gallon tank. So I went back to petco and bought a ten gallon for him and everything else. Which the ten gallon costs the same as just buying the little bowl.
But then we went to walmart a couple of weeks later. And I came home with a tiger oscar and a common pleco and a 5 gallon tank for my betta. So now I am going to have to get a bigger tank for the oscar and pleco. So I was wondering what size tank I would need for both of them. Hoping not to go over a 30 gallon but if I have to buy a 40 I will but that is my max. Tell me what you think. Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:08 PM   #2
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I hate to tell you this but an Oscar needs a 4ft tank min. at least a 55. if the pleco is a common pleco then at least a 75 gallon. Also the Oscar will grow about an inch a month if cared for properly.
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+1 on the above comment! An oscar in a 10 gallon isn't going to do well... Also that is a tremendous bio-load with the pleco
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Old 03-27-2014, 09:31 PM   #4
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Unfortunately a 40 won't even cut it :/
Here's a better view of it, an Oscar will get around a foot big and the pleco will be around a foot and a half to two feet. Sorry to burst your bubble. But your best bet is to by a minimum 55 which is really cutting it for the pleco. Or find a better home for the fish. I'm sure you wouldn't want the fish to live a bad life so you have to make the choice.
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Yup not a good decision
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Old 03-27-2014, 10:18 PM   #6
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What would you recommend me to do because if I take them back to walmart they just flush them
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If you live near a Petco, they might take them in.
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My petco doesn't sale oscars but my petsmart does do you think they will take them?
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My petco doesn't sale oscars but my petsmart does do you think they will take them?

One time I tried to give them a fish for free, but they declined. But maybe yours will take it? If not, maybe you can find another lfs that would adopt them?
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